Coin-Operated Ride-Ons; An Appreciation


I have a vivid memory of my father, the manager of a variety store, getting in a brand, new coin-operated horse ride. My Dad placed a coin in the slot and invited me to be the first child to try it out. I'm not so sure that it would be as exciting to a child today, but for me, it was quite a ride.

The 1950s were a time of science-fiction movies and television westerns. That showed up in the rides pictured above and below. Coin-op rides are still around today. Do you have a memory of your first ride?


This bull, with its 10 cent cost, looks like it is at least 60 years old.

A beautiful Bucking Bronco…


…and, of course, a pig.

The Flying Red Red Horse ride, seen below, was a combination of ride and advertising for the Mobil Gas Corporation. The flying horse was the company's mascot, and it must have been a thrill for a child to take a ride while the service attendant filled the car with gas and checked the oil.


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